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    Question Seo Questions Regarding Domain Name Selection

    Hey Guys,
    I have a doubt which i can't get cleared. Any help would be appreciated.
    Here are My Question :

    I have targeted a keyword, say 'egg chicken dog' (its an example )
    1)What would be the finest choice of the domain considering all are available for registration.
    => I believe eggchickendog.com would be the best, right?
    Ok, now will eggchickendog.net & eggchickendog.org have the same value considering SEO??

    2) Where would egg-chicken-dog.com stand compared to eggchickendog.com in an SEO perspective?
    Small difference or Big difference and is it worth considering, how do search engines interpret the difference in these two?

    3)
    If eggchickendog.com is unavailable alongwith the .net and .org extensions,
    would it be more wise to register egg-chicken-dog.com or eggchickendogx.com??

    4) A question to Hellas :
    For the oes tsetnos contest you registered oestsetnocs.com, if oes-tsetnoc.com was available, would you have registered it?

    5) Is an addition of a 's'(plural) considered better than an addition of any other character in the end of the domain name when the exact match is not available?
    i.e. is eggchickendogs.com better than eggchickendogw.com OR is sulumitsretsambews.com better than sulumitsretsambewo.com considering the keyword being sulumits retsambew.

    6) .info domains do rank poorly, don't they? And i believe due to them ranking poorly, we can agree that Google does consider domain extensions as a priority while ranking?

    Thanks in Advance to all who answer any of my questions
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    Good group of questions, hopefully it produces some sound answers.

    I can not provide that much input so I will look out for others information.

    for question 1) I would register them in this order .com .net and then lastly .org. this is just personal perference - I have not seen any difference between the performence of these 3. Right off the bat I found .info ranks very poorly and this has put me off trying other TLDS.

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    Hi there,

    I am going to give my opinion about few of your questions:

    1. Yes, eggchickendog.com will be the best considering that .com is the most well known extention.
    Regarding SEO value... I don't think they have different values in the sense of one extention is weight more than the other

    3. I will go with egg-chicken-dog.com

    5. hhmm... never think about it before... since if I cannot get the exact match, I always try to add "the" and it works most of the time

    6. I have a couple .info websites and both are doing fine (one of them is currently on PR-2)

    Cheers,

    Quote Originally Posted by Snak3 View Post
    Hey Guys,
    I have a doubt which i can't get cleared. Any help would be appreciated.
    Here are My Question :

    I have targeted a keyword, say 'egg chicken dog' (its an example )
    1)What would be the finest choice of the domain considering all are available for registration.
    => I believe eggchickendog.com would be the best, right?
    Ok, now will eggchickendog.net & eggchickendog.org have the same value considering SEO??

    2) Where would egg-chicken-dog.com stand compared to eggchickendog.com in an SEO perspective?
    Small difference or Big difference and is it worth considering, how do search engines interpret the difference in these two?

    3)
    If eggchickendog.com is unavailable alongwith the .net and .org extensions,
    would it be more wise to register egg-chicken-dog.com or eggchickendogx.com??

    4) A question to Hellas :
    For the oes tsetnos contest you registered oestsetnocs.com, if oes-tsetnoc.com was available, would you have registered it?

    5) Is an addition of a 's'(plural) considered better than an addition of any other character in the end of the domain name when the exact match is not available?
    i.e. is eggchickendogs.com better than eggchickendogw.com OR is sulumitsretsambews.com better than sulumitsretsambewo.com considering the keyword being sulumits retsambew.

    6) .info domains do rank poorly, don't they? And i believe due to them ranking poorly, we can agree that Google does consider domain extensions as a priority while ranking?

    Thanks in Advance to all who answer any of my questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by budhi1976 View Post
    3. I will go with egg-chicken-dog.com
    I too initially thought about the same thing.
    But, for folders '-' acts as a 'space' but for domains it does not.
    So what if 'egg-chicken-dog.com' is seen as the same as 'eggxchickenxdog.com', i.e. it is a probability right that Google may be seeing a hyphen('-') and an 'x' as the same character?

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    1) They are the same considering SEO but the .com is the best choice ofc

    2) I don't remember if Matt Cutts was the one who said that the best way to separate words is with dashes, this caused confusion, he actually meant php files like
    www.netbuilder.com/some-name.php
    there is a small difference between egg-chicken-dog.com and eggchickendog.com, but remember the non-dashed version is easier to remember and your visitors will prefer it, build your website for your visitors and not for Google

    3) egg-chicken-dog.com is the way to go

    4)read answer 2)

    5) of course, is most likely that people search for the word dogs than dogw.

    6)This has not been confirmed. Remember 17,550,000,000 .com's are indexed by google while 183,000,000 .info's are indexed by Google so its quite obvious you will find more .com's
    also remember .info domains are considered spam domains or poor man's domains thats why you wont see .info domain owners spending on ads or link building its more like a starter domain that is why it appears to rank lower.

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    I agree with ruben's first two points.

    I have been working with SEO for over 10 years and although I was initially skeptical, I have never seen a difference between the ranking ability of hyphenated and non-hyphenated names. I always go for the non-hyphenated name if it is available, but do register hyphenated names when the first choice is not available. You will see a mix of both in Google search results. Like ruben said, it is easier to remember a non-hyphenated name.

    Always go for the .com if it is available. .net and .org can rank equally well. The jury is still out on .info and I would not buy one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruben View Post
    5) of course, is most likely that people search for the word dogs than dogw.
    I'm not actually talking about the 'sense' making part. I'm asking if Google considers the character 's' having more value at the end than any other character?
    I've never heard anyone talk about this before and thought 'maybe', just 'maybe' it could be true.

    If an 's' is added to 'dog' it does make it dogs but i'm asking comparison between words for whom adding an 's' will not make them plural. e.g. 'nice', there's no such word as 'nices' so would you specially prefer 'nices' or 'nicet' or some other character in you domain name if 'nice' is unavailable?
    Thanks.

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    I was so busy that I did not saw this thread. Here are my answers but do know that they are subjective thoughts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snak3 View Post
    Hey Guys,
    I have a doubt which i can't get cleared. Any help would be appreciated.
    Here are My Question :

    I have targeted a keyword, say 'egg chicken dog' (its an example )
    1)What would be the finest choice of the domain considering all are available for registration.
    => I believe eggchickendog.com would be the best, right?
    Ok, now will eggchickendog.net & eggchickendog.org have the same value considering SEO??
    eggchickendog.com is best
    then .net and .org are the same

    according to some other people they all have exact match boost
    but .com take brand bonus

    2) Where would egg-chicken-dog.com stand compared to eggchickendog.com in an SEO perspective?
    Small difference or Big difference and is it worth considering, how do search engines interpret the difference in these two?
    it would stand behind all top level domains .com .net .org
    if you will develop serious site, google will swallow - even if it dont like it


    3)
    If eggchickendog.com is unavailable alongwith the .net and .org extensions,
    would it be more wise to register egg-chicken-dog.com or eggchickendogx.com??
    I would take one with the x. Since first extra character is on the last position instead of - which is on position 4.

    4) A question to Hellas :
    For the oes tsetnos contest you registered oestsetnocs.com, if oes-tsetnoc.com was available, would you have registered it?
    I would rather register oestsetnocs.com then oes-tsetnoc.com.

    But I would never mind any domain with oestsetnoc in it.

    OesTsetnocs was mistake, since I in hurry linked on at least 500 places to wrong site by forgeting to put "s" at the end.

    5) Is an addition of a 's'(plural) considered better than an addition of any other character in the end of the domain name when the exact match is not available?
    i.e. is eggchickendogs.com better than eggchickendogw.com OR is sulumitsretsambews.com better than sulumitsretsambewo.com considering the keyword being sulumits retsambew.
    I believe it is. Not for search engines so much but for more natural feeling.
    Also Google know what is plural and what singular. Just try searching in both of those.

    6) .info domains do rank poorly, don't they? And i believe due to them ranking poorly, we can agree that Google does consider domain extensions as a priority while ranking?
    If you will develop site and get bunch of natural links every info domain will rank as any other toplevel domain. If you will go to small sites with no competition and no link building go with the .com .net or .org

    Exact match boost exist but it can be overwhelmed.

    Thanks in Advance to all who answer any of my questions
    You are welcome.

    But as I said these are my personal opinions (but you know what people say for opinions )
    After those two contest I am sure that I would rank good for any term which I like with any keyword rich domain if I want. Maybe little bit easier with .com .net .org and little bit more easier if they are exact match.

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    hypen and info

    Some users might not click through to the double hypen (depends on the users type/niche of website). Double hypen are known to be spammy in some people's eyes.

    regarding .info spammers due use them because of the cheap reg fee but I use some .info and they rank well. You could reg the domain for longer than one year and that might help the .info spammer issue in the search engines eyes.

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